The next step is to trace the outline of the flower with a pencil. I also add on to the drawing if I feel it is necessary. I added a little heart tip to the petals of the center flower and some tiny flowers on the outside to make the drawing a little more full, and to tie the skull nose design in with the center flower.
When I am done with the pencil drawing I start to ink the entire illustration, starting with the outlines then filling everything in. Before I would use a Staedtler pen set to do this, and I would burn through a set with every drawing. Now I have my Koh-i-noor 7 pen Rapidograph set and I get more even lines, better details, and I don't have to worry about buying a $15 pen set for each drawing. The pens were expensive ($70 at Hobby Lobby after a 40% off coupon), but they will pay for themselves after 5 drawings, and I really prefer them. Here are a few pictures of the inking process.
I am not quite done with this one, but when I get done I will post a picture for you to see. I was hoping to have this one displayed in my house, but my good friend Julie has already spoken for it. I do plan to make another one for our home, especially since hubby really likes it.